The final observed rainfall totals for August ranked below average at the Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond sub basins.
The Hartwell sub basin had the highest amount of rainfall receiving 86.2 percent of normal rainfall accumulating 4.3 total inches, just under the August average of 5 inches.
The Russell sub basin received 83.8 percent of normal rainfall accumulating 3 inches, dipping slightly below the August average of 3.6 inches.
The Thurmond sub basin received nearly 75 percent of normal rainfall for the month accumulating 2.7 total inches, falling one inch below its August average of 3.7 inches.
The largest rain event occurred August 10 at Hartwell sub basin with 1.2 inches of rain. In comparison, Russell and Thurmond peaked at 0.9 and 0.7 inches, respectively, both on August 8.
Currently NOAA forecasts up to 3 inches of rain for the Hartwell area in the next five days. For the same period the Thurmond area should receive 1.5 to 2 inches. According to the most recent ENSO forecast released Sept. 2, models have begun to favor mild El Niño conditions during October through December. This means there is a slightly greater probability for above average rainfall in the southeast for the upcoming fall and winter. However, models also show equal chances for above or below average rainfall in the basin for the same period.
~Chelsea Smith, Public Affairs Specialist